Have you ever written what you thought was a positive, timely comment to a blog you like, only to never see it appear? … Or worse… see it on the blog for a day or two, then have it disappear?
Most likely it’s nothing to worry about. Blog owners don’t check their “comments to be approved” section for days, or they hit the wrong button when deleting potential spam (we’ve probably all of us realized that split second too late, we just deleted a favorite follower’s post by mistake).
But if it happens to you frequently, check to see if you’re making these unwitting mistakes…
1. Leaving incredibly short, vague comments.
You may have been totally sincere when you wrote: “Cool blog! I’m so glad I discovered this site!” but unfortunately, that’s exactly what spammers do.
FIX: Leave comments that contribute to the conversation. Reference some specific point you agreed or disagreed with in the post. Offer an alternative viewpoint, elaborate a little more (providing you know some fact that adds to the post value).
And if you really can’t think of anything to say but: “Oh Wow! I love your blog!” – it’s really not worth commenting at all, kindly though your sentiments may be.
2. You’ve accidentally violated a rule.
For example, including a link in your comment, when the blog’s guidelines say “no URLS in comments”; or you’ve used aggressive or crude language and offended the shy owner of the Warhammer blog with your raunchy old lady knitting comments.
3. You’ve just posted something extremely dazzling that makes the poster look bad – especially if he’s a direct competitor.
This is called “not being very smart” in the real world, and is akin to beating the boss at golf.
Fortunately, it doesn’t happen too often… but if you can shake your competitor so badly that he stoops to deleting or not acknowledging your comment – you won’t need much help in the near future with your linking efforts!